We tried apple picking today. It was spontaneous and in response to a “can we....” question. The problem with spontaneous outdoor activity is that we did not have any bug spray. I can only assume that the dramatic increase in the mosquito population is due to all the standing water left from Tropical Storm Irene and subsequent rainy days. Whatever the reason, they are horrible. It does not matter the time of day, the nasty creatures will find you. My poor Lilah does not stand a chance. Within ten minutes she had three horrible bug bites and we had to catch the tractor ride back to the car.
In those ten minutes we did catch a few great photo-ops and three bags full of beautiful apples. Many of those apples have already been juiced and are freezing in ice cube trays, where they will wait patiently, until it is time to be added to delicious green smoothies!